July 27, 2011
Speed patrols should focus on side streets
According to the article “Local police agencies crack down on speeders” (Star, July 14), the police chief plans to “dedicate one patrol car to going after speeders, usually in the evening on the city’s busiest streets.”
The community would be much better served if they enforced the speed limit laws on the side streets where people actually live, and where there are children playing and dogs being walked.
RE: Whose flag are we flying?
This winter I was driving in a Snoqualmie neighborhood and I came across something so heinous, so awful I had to wonder –who would do such a thing? There was a flag flying outside a house and it wasn’t the U.S. flag— it was a Pittsburgh Steelers flag. Doesn’t this person remember the tragedy that was “Super Bowl XL”? Don’t they understand they are in Seahawk’s country? Then I remembered: it’s childish, and petty to get offended over a flag. After all we live in the U.S. where we have the right to freedom of expression — and that extends even to Steelers fans.
Being Canadian, when we moved into the neighborhood I thought what better way to express this pride than to get a Canadian flag. It also provides a convenient way to find my house. But what I didn’t realize was that this flag would cause such a stir in our community. I was honored and dismayed that my flag would become a topic of a Letter to the Editor “Whose flag are we flying?” The author was so offended by my Canadian flag she even went so far as to suggest that if I don’t stop flying the flag I should move to Canada. Checking into flag code, it does not require an American flag nor forbid a foreign flag.
But I don’t know why this person should be offended by a symbol of Canada as so many Canadians have made positive contributions to North American culture: Michael J Fox, Margaret Atwood, Frank Gehry, Peter Jennings, and to a lesser extent, Justin Beiber. I offer to have the disgruntled Canadian flag loather over for poutine and Kokanee so she can see Canadians are just like Americans, well, except for our religious love of hockey and Tim Horton’s doughnut.
Might I suggest the next time she finds herself bored and feels the need to make up something to be offended about that she look beyond her neighbors front yard and turn on the news. Trust me, she will find bigger things to feel outraged about than someone’s heritage pride.
Flag code lays out specifics of what can fly
The Flag Code does not require you to fly the U.S. flag and it does not forbid you from displaying a foreign flag. For example, someone with Irish heritage may proudly fly an Irish flag and is not required to fly the U.S. flag.
Section 7g. reads, “When flags of two or more nations are displayed, they are to be flown from separate staffs of the same height. The flags should be of approximately equal size. International usage forbids the display of the flag of one nation above that of another nation in time of peace.”
Section 7c. starts, “No other flag or pennant should be placed above or, if on the same level, to the right of the flag of the United States of America…”
Section 7c. later on reads “No person shall display the flag of the United Nations or any other national or international flag equal, above, or in a position of superior prominence or honor to, or in place of, the flag of the United States at any place within the United States or any Territory or possession thereof…”
Notwithstanding the confusion here, it is always recommended to fly foreign flags from separate poles, and that the flags should be flown at the same height (or the U.S. flag slightly higher) and be of same or similar size.
For private citizens, the Flag Code serves as a guide to be followed on a purely voluntary basis to insure proper respect for the flag. The Supreme Court has ruled that politically motivated violations of the Flag Code are protected by the First Amendment. The Flag Code has no provision for enforcement. No fines, no penalties. There is nothing law enforcement can do when the Flag Code is broken.
For information, go to www.ushistory.org/betsy/flagetiq.html.
Thank you for supporting Your Snoqualmie Valley
On July 23, Your Snoqualmie Valley, a group of valley residents concerned with the proper use and annexation of the old Weyerhaeuser mill site into Snoqualmie, held a wonderful fundraising event.
The event raised money to pay for our lawyer David Bricklin, who is ensuring that the annexation be done legally and use of the land is consistent with the City’s comprehensive plan. Besides raising money in entry fees and during our raffle and silent auction, we enjoyed the music of JackAcid, Vicious Edna and the Rose Family.
What we discovered was that this event was really so much more than a fundraiser. We got to meet neighbors, make new friends and spread the word. Many people put in so much time to make this event possible I cannot thank them all here, but it was wonderful to see a bunch of folks armed with nothing more than determination pull off an event like this.
To all, thank you so much for your time and effort, donated items, auction purchases and concern for our quality of life here in the valley. The proceeds will ensure that issues of noise, flooding and pollution caused by the annexation are properly addressed by the city.